8 Exercise Programs for Weight-Loss and Cardiovascular Health

For anyone looking to lose weight this season, exercise is going to be the best way to achieve the results you desire.

However, in order to truly experience a healthier and happier lifestyle, a focus on healthy thinking is key, and will help you stick to your workout goals and continue to improve your quality of life.

Combined with a healthy diet plan, the exercises listed below are some of the many options which train both the body and the mind in some ways, and can be used to help build the best “you” possible.

#1: Jumping Rope

An age-old classic that takes things back to the playground, this tried-and-true exercise is not only fun and effective, but stimulates the mind in many ways.

With a nearly endless amount of variations, jumping rope can be turned into dozens of fun games, and keeps the heart racing while burning calories and fat.

When done alone, jumping rope provides an almost meditational experience, honing the body and the mind.

 

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#2: Running

One of the most common exercises to stay fit, runners often comment on the mental, as well as the physical benefits of this activity.

Working the leg and glute muscles, running forces the body to burn calories while strengthening muscles and also providing heart health benefits.

Adding an incline, such as a hill or stairs, will provide a more thorough workout.

 

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#3: Swimming

Another classic exercise which works both the body and mind, swimming provides a low-impact alternative to running, with comparable results.

While easy on the joints, swimming vigorously works the muscles in the entire body, and offers a variety of options for beginners and experienced swimmers alike.

 

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#4: HIIT Training

 

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#5: Weight Training

Training with weights is a great way to shed fat while simultaneously building and honing muscle mass.

Whether you’re strictly looking to lose pounds and burn calories, or you’re in the market to bulk up, training with weights is one of the most proven and effective means of achieving your goals.

One of the most appealing methods due to both its effectiveness and the variety of options and ways to work out with weights, the results of this type of exercise are practically unbeatable.

 

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#6: Boot Camp

Much like the actual thing, “Boot Camp” styled workouts offer a unique experience which builds the body and mind while burning fat and boosting the metabolism.

This exercise can be done in groups, or alone with the aid of a video instructor, and has gained in popularity recently.

With many varieties and options, some Boot Camps focus more on strength-based training, while others focus more on cardio.

 

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#7: CrossFit

Another widely-varied and highly popular workout routine which has seen an explosion of popularity in recent years, CrossFit appeals to a wide range of people, from beginners to seasoned athletes, and comes highly recommended for its results.

Workouts can include a wide range of exercises, including ropes, box jumps, kettlebells, and weights, and box squats, and are popular among both men and women.

This high-intensity workout will help you build both your body and your mind as you push yourself to new limits.

 

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#8: Yoga

While not necessarily a weight-loss technique, yoga promotes healthy living through a positive mindset, as well as keeping the body flexible and balanced in preparation for other workouts.

 

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